Jane Fonda’s Ex-Husband “Hated” His Fitness Videos, Told Her He Was In Love With Another Woman
As controversial as it may sound, Jane Fonda’s ex-husband hated her workout videos, even though all the money raised through her work went to support her organization.
Jane Fonda, actress, fitness guru and two-time award-winning activist, shared her life in the autobiography launched in 2005, titled “My Life So Far”. The A-lister writes like a mere mortal and even the average Joe or Jane can resonate with something about his story.
The surprising and candid memoir aims to serve as a roadmap for men and women facing challenges in their lives. His openness to exposing his personal life to the public eye (and to public judgment and criticism) about his chameleon side is not common.
From anti-war activist to fitness guru to Oscar-winning actress and with a history of three marriages and three children, Jane’s past divides many opinions. Whether you love or hate Jane Fonda, we have to admit that her story is quite interesting, especially her love life.
Jane’s dating list is long – no wonder why, she was a gorgeous and intelligent young woman. Her first husband was French director Roger Vadim, with whom the marriage lasted almost seven years. Vadim threw his then-wife on the iconic “Barbarella”. They had a daughter together, Vanessa Vadim.
She and her second husband, Tom Hayden, also an activist and member of “Chicago 7”, formed an unconventional couple who bonded from the moment they met.
In an HBO documentary, “Jane Fond in Five Acts,” Jane revealed that she knew she would marry Tom right after they met:
“He put his hand on my knee, and I felt that electric shock go through my body; I think I met the man I’m going to marry next.”
Tom Hayden was one of the activists for “Chicago 7,” and what initially tied them together may have ended their 16-year marriage. The activist admittedly said what attracted him to Jane was her “transformation from a Hollywood star to a political star”.
Jane began her political activism in 1960 in support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War. In the 1970s, she began her involvement in the feminist movement. In his 1988 memoir, Tom shared:
“Being able to fight the same dangerous battles every day, and to do so together rather than in solitude, was a powerful basis for this love.”
In 1973, Tom and Jane officially got married at Fonda’s house in Laurel Canyon. Despite some articles saying they got married because of Jane’s desire to have children, in the book “Modern American Lives” the author mentioned that Jane was already three months pregnant when they got married. .
In the documentary, Jane recalls her stepmother urging them to marry when they announced they were expecting. She mentioned how uncomfortable it would be for them to go for an interview and be asked how she got pregnant without being married.
The actress said Tom’s mother was right, so they decided to get married. Five months later, they welcomed Troy O’Donovan Garity. The parents chose the paternal grandmother’s maiden name because the names “Fonda and Hayden carried too much baggage”.
The contradictions, however, have never ceased. From the day they met until their divorce, Jane fought to reduce the differences between a Hollywood star and a social movements activist, who often slept on the floor of a cockroach-infested town, which her father. called “cabin”.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Jane admitted that she wanted to prove to people, mainly her former and late husband Tom, that they could live everyday life, despite being a movie star:
“I didn’t have a dishwasher. I didn’t have a washing machine. I wanted to prove to Tom and myself that I could do it, that I didn’t need to live with privileges.
In the 1980s, Jane embarked on a whole new career. After receiving numerous accolades and accolades, including an Emmy and Oscar nomination, she got involved in aerobics classes and soon released the “Jane Fonda Workout”.
Videos and books have become a frenzy among baby boomers, selling millions of copies of books and VCRs. The original idea was to use the profits to fund her political activism and that of her husband, the Campaign for Economic Democracy.
Despite the success and money raised for the organization, Jane’s status as a fitness guru did not please her husband, as he believed it was all about vanity.
The differences between them culminated in a divorce in 1989. The actress shared in her documentary that their separation was not only due to her new parallel career, but also that they became estranged from each other. .
Tom spoke candidly about their final years of marriage. He admitted that he was neither ready nor concerned about a female actress. He then turned into alcohol and other women.
After 16 years of marriage, Tom told his then-wife that he had fallen in love with another woman. His way of dealing with it? She threw her things out the window. Whether it was “true” or “false” is not for us to judge. However, Jane said it “helped a bit”.
She was devastated by what happened and, in her own words, she was “shattered”. But Jane, as the strong woman that she is, saw this as an opportunity to grow up and learn more about herself.
Two years later, Jane found love again in the arms of media mogul Ted Turner. The couple stayed together for two decades and broke up in 2001.
After a year with widow Lynden Gillis, from 2007 to 2008, Jane’s last romance and long relationship was with record producer Richard Perry which ended in 2017. She has since retired from the dating market. and told Extra that she had “closed shopping there.”
Tom Hayden died in 2016 at the age of 76 from complications from a previous stroke he suffered in 2015. His wife, Barbara Williams, told CNN he died surrounded by his family in UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.